Very nice work, Bill. Here's a '67 coupe I did around 25 years ago. It's basically the same type of conversion, except I trimmed and re-shaped the tops of the fastback 1/4 panels instead of using the '66 top sections. I should have done it that way, it would have been less work. Same work on the roof.
Phoenix had them too, around '84. They were pretty bad, even by '80s standards, almost anything could outrun them with their little 2.8 V6's. It was hard for the cops to look tough driving around in Celebrities with 13 inch wheels. They didn't last for more than two years.
Quite likely. Here's a story for you: We had a customer that ordered Verlinden and other WWII diorama products from us periodically. We were happy to get the stuff for him, it was always a special order item and no other hobby shop wanted to go through the trouble of going through an off-the-map distributor. So we ordered this bombed-out urban scene for him, a corner of a building in some unnamed city in Europe, street piled with rubble, and it's basically a box of plaster castings of bombed, blasted, and broken scale brick and other debris. So he carefully goes through each piece, and he finds one small slab of building that got broken in shipment. He goes 3/4 psycho, blaming us, Verlinden, the distributor, the shipper, you name it. Now, 1) it could have been glued back together in seconds, and 2) as this was a scene of chaos and destruction, it wouldn't have made any difference, and nobody would have known any differently. So another customer, a WWII armor modeler, comes up to see what the commotion is all about. He asks the guy if he will take the product. The guy says "No!" So he says, "add it to my pile, it will be a perfect backdrop for my Comet, (British tank) but it will have to be broken up a bit more." The first guy just shook his head and left.